Magnolia Subdues Valley, 57-30
Magnolia limited Valley to three free-throws in the first period, while putting up 18 markers enroute to a convincing 57-30 victory over the Valley Lumberjills on Jan. 23 inside the MHS Hammer Dome.
The Eagles’ defense caused nine Valley turnovers in the first quarter that led to several Blue Eagle points. The Eagles only turned the ball over three times, helping them to build an 18-3 lead after one period of play.
“We got off to a good start,” said Magnolia Head Coach Tom Tisher. “The last couple of games we have finally started moving into what we’ve been trying to do all year. We are just taking it one game at a time and trying to get better.”
In the second stanza, the Lumberjills outscored the Eagles 12-10. The Eagles opened the period with a pair of tallies from Kyndra Pilant and a rebound put-back from Katie Hamrick to extend their lead to 22-3.
The Lumberjills’ Cassidy West finally scored their first bucket of the game at the 5:30 mark of the second period to wipe-away a 10 minute and 30 seconds drought.
However, the Eagles Kelsi Chapman nailed her third of five baskets from beyond the arch to give the Big Blue a 25-5 advantage. The ‘Jills Tessa Dudgeon came off the bench to sink a charity toss to start a 9-1 run on two field goals by Sophie Palmer and Melanie Thomas and five free throws.
After a pair of Hamrick free throws, the ‘Jills’ Thomas sank a nice jumper off an assist by Palmer to end the first half with Magnolia holding onto a 28-15 lead at the break.
Chapman paced the Eagles with 15 points in the first half, while Palmer netted five to lead the Lumberjills. Both teams committed five turnovers in the second stanza. Magnolia made six steals in the first half with Logan Riggs leading the way with three, while Chapman added two, and Taylor Ludewig one.
Magnolia came out of the break focused and ready to deliver the knockout punch, and started the period with a pair of Ludewig free throws. And after a Thomas jumper, Pilant would garner two straight buckets tapped off by a Chapman deuce, off a pair of Jordan Delaney assists, before Baker netted a nice jumper at the top of the key.
After a Pilant freebie at the charity line, Ludewig and Delaney each sank a two-pointer that forced a Valley timeout.
After a Pilant put-back and a Ludewig steal and score, Thomas again swished a turn-around jumper, and Pilant ended the scoring with a free-throw to give the home team a 46-21 lead.
Pilant led the way offensively in the period with eight points, while Ludewig followed with six markers. Thomas scored four points in the period to lead Valley, while Baker sank a deuce for all the Valley scoring in the period.
The Lumberjills only committed four turnovers in the period, while the Eagles gave away two. The biggest stat in the period was Magnolia out-rebounded Valley 12-5, with Pilant leading the way with five.
Magnolia capped off the win on an 8-0 run late in the game, sparked by a pair of three-pointers from Taylor Ludewig and Chapman.
“We are still kind of learning how to play,” Tisher said. “We were able to get more people in the game (Monday) and just get more involvement from some people.”
Chapman led all scorers with 23 points, including five triples, while Pilant followed with 12 points and eight rebounds, and two blocks. Ludewig contributed eight points and dished out five assists, while Delaney posted seven points, and contributed six rebounds, four assists, and made two steals.
Hamrick came off the bench to score four points and grab three rebounds, while Riggs delivered two points and grab seven boards.
Thomas paced the Lumberjills with a double-double, 10 points and 10 rebounds, while blocking two shots. Palmer followed with nine markers, while Baker netted five, and Caitlyn Underwood a three-ball.
The Blue Eagles forced Valley into 21 turnovers in the game, while only losing 11 turnovers.